Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees

Somerset Redstreak

A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersweet juice. Somerset Redstreak is one of the main commercial cider varieties planted in England.

Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
Out of stock
1-year Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Somerset Redstreak is slightly prone to biennial bearing, fruiting more heavily in alternate years. This can be controlled by heavier thinning in the "on" year.

It also ripens in October in England, quite a bit earlier than the main late-season cider varieties which tend to ripen in November.

Historical details

England, early 20th century.

Somerset Redstreak characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Specific gravity: 1050
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Scab: Some resistance


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red Red striped